• Saturday, September 20, 2014

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Murtaja Baseer: an artist extraordinaire!

Murtaja Baseer: an artist extraordinaire!

Wondering what you can do this Friday? Here's an idea: go to an art exhibition of Murtaja Baseer tomorrow. Known for his unique, individual artistic style, Baseer is considered one of the foremost Bengal painters and a versatile genius. Throughout his illustrious career, Baseer has gradually transformed his style into abstract realism. Baseer is still actively exploring the diverse world of art. He has done a series of works articulating contemporary life and issues. Hope, aspiration and strange visions are evoked with passion in his images. The exhibition is a must see for art lovers. Date: 12-25 September. Time: 11am to 8pm. Venue: Galleri Kaya, House 20, Road 16, Sector 4,...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
It’s raining then

It’s raining then

A sudden downpour is quite refreshing. However, when it comes on the heels of a very tensed environment, it’s more of a relief than ever before. As the sky opens itself up with a roar and releases celestial droplets, momentarily we forget all our worries. Rain is more than just a weather-type; it’s...

Cover Story

Published Date: September 16, 2014
A SERENADE for saris

A SERENADE for saris

Derived from the Sanskrit word "sati", which essentially means a strip of cloth, modern day saris have come a long way. Evolving from basic everyday wear, the sari has established itself as a predominant piece of clothing in every South Asian woman's wardrobe. It has embodied the Bengali beauty like no other. Come Eid, saris find a renewed fervour as women of all ages rush to stores to get the best pick. Derived from the Sanskrit word “sati”, which essentially means a strip of cloth, modern day saris have come a long way. Evolving from basic everyday wear, the sari has established itself as a predominant piece of clothing in...

  

SHOP SPECIAL

Published Date: September 16, 2014
DESHAL

DESHAL

Have you ever decided to wear a sari and walk the streets of the Western world? For those who have, it must have been like a few minutes' celebrity walk down the road because of all the 'heads-turning-towards-you' reaction and the double takes. For Bengali women, this unique one of a kind, five-nine yards of drape is one of their most iconic traditional attire. Bright, colourful and vibrant saris are worn by the Bengali beauties throughout the nation on almost all occasions nowadays, which truly brings out the diva in them. And therefore the demand for this national wear keeps rising steadily as girls, ladies and women of all ages...

LS SUGGESTS

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Gorgeous garlands

Gorgeous garlands

For a special occasion, you can visit your local flower shops and select a few fresh, seasonal flowers. Most flower shops these days also have lots of ribbons and beads to adorn their flower bouquets. You can ask the seller to create a makeshift headpiece for you with the trinkets available at the shops. If you want more options, you can buy some beads, or the more readily available buttons from lace shops which can also work as hair ornaments if you fasten them to thick ribbons.

Cover story

Published Date: September 16, 2014
A TIME LONG LOVE affair

A TIME LONG LOVE affair

The Bengali belle adores it; the men love to see women in it and the world stands in awe at the feminine grace that exudes from the wearer of this six yard of unstitched fabric. A Bengali festival without a sari is essentially incomplete, irrespective of the occasion – Pohela Boishakh, Eid, Puja, Christmas or Buddha Purnima. This has been a time long love affair. And over the centuries the local weavers have seasoned their techniques so much so that Bangladeshi saris have gained a reputation the world over for their delicate designs and inherent quality. The comfort factor comes as a perk. From the sari shops lining either sides of...

TWO PEAS IN A POD

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Gastronomy of the palm fruit

Gastronomy of the palm fruit

The tree grew strong and tall, and gave sustenance to all who marvelled at its many uses. It was so versatile that the Tamils called it the celestial tree. To this day the Palmyra Palm, or better known as the taal gaach for us Bangladeshis, has been an essential part of everyday life...

  

SPECIAL FEATURE

Published Date: September 16, 2014
PLANNING THOSE BIRTHDAYS

PLANNING THOSE BIRTHDAYS

It seems like it was just yesterday when your child was born and here you are now planning their birthday party. Let's be honest, even though it might not feel like a big deal, throwing your child a dream birthday party is no child's play. We have all been to one of those parties...

LS SUGGESTS

Published Date: September 16, 2014
PARTY UP!

PARTY UP!

Snow spray One of the simplest ways to liven up a party is by using snow sprays. The snow-like substance never fails to capture the attention of people and entertain them. Even when it's not a formal party, just a gathering of a few friends, snow-cans can come in handy. You can get them...

ART

Published Date: September 16, 2014
An artist extraordinaire

An artist extraordinaire

Dale Chihuly started his journey of blowing glasses in the 1960s. Today, almost five decades later, he has championed blowing glass as a vehicle for making sculptures. Focusing on the vessel in his explorations of colours and forms, the final product that he creates is the most captivating art. Born in 1941 at Tacoma,...

LS PICK

Published Date: September 16, 2014
BOHEMIAN goddess

BOHEMIAN goddess

A flower is a contradiction. Some say a flower basks in its own quiet beauty, blooming away and attracting the birds and the bees without lifting a finger. There are those, however, who disagree; for what is quiet about a blood red rose among the greens and browns, or a pure white hasnahena that embraces you with its intoxicating scent? When a woman decides to adorn herself with flowers, the flowers demand her complete attention; in order to portray the full beauty of the flowers, other embellishments are neither welcome nor required. If you are willing to make a commitment and brighten up your appearance with this quiet but ferocious...

RUPCHANDA-STAR LIFESTYLE

Published Date: September 16, 2014
SUPER CHEF AUDITION round ends

SUPER CHEF AUDITION round ends

The final audition of the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014 finally took place in Dhaka. The biggest televised culinary competition in the country drew in more than 2000 applicants all eager to prove their worth. Shooting Complex and The Daily Star Centre played host to the auditions. By now, the hype surrounding the competition...

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Singapore soliloquy

Singapore soliloquy

Inspired by my friend 'Finelychopped,' I decided to go to the island country on a food jaunt. Got in touch with the most excellent Sushobhan. He immediately, in a most reassuring manner, invited me to stay over and took charge of organising my visa. And I landed in Singapore for a day and half of food fiesta. I had my list from 'Finelychopped.' The first port of call was Ya Kun Kaya toast. The runny soft-boiled eggs with toast and local coconut jam. Alas, the outlet we went to was shut for renovation. Not to be deterred, we walked across the street to Kopitiam and had the same thing. In an unusually low-tech approach, whole eggs, shell and...

CHECK IT OUT

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Khazana Nawabi Food Festival

Khazana Nawabi Food Festival

From 10 to 30 September, Indian fine dining restaurant Khazana will be celebrating Royal cuisine at their Gulshan branch. India is a vast country, and therefore comprises a plethora of flavours. Khazana is trying its best to provide its customers an insight into the exquisite flavours of India a step at a time, and...

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Numbers not to be proud of

Numbers not to be proud of

Having high cholesterol is becoming increasingly common these days. Blame it on bad lifestyle and insane eating habits, but even many young people -- for example, those in their mid-twenties -- have been diagnosed with borderline high to high levels of cholesterol. This puts us at risk of heart diseases. Whether your cholesterol is...

Published Date: September 16, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

“A collection of Drawings, Collages & Oil pastels” : Exhibition of Murtaja Baseer Date: 12-25 September Time: 11am to 8pm Venue: Galleri Kaya, House 20, Road 16, Sector 4, Uttara Murtaja Baseer, known for his unique, individual artistic style, is considered one of the foremost Bengal painters and a versatile genius. Throughout his illustrious career, Baseer has gradually transformed his style into abstract realism. Baseer is still actively exploring the diverse world of art. He has done a series of works articulating contemporary life...

NEWS FLASH

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Bangladeshi artist qualifies to the final 15

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation recently announced the 15 finalists, which include a Bangladeshi contemporary artist for the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. Now in its third instalment, the prize puts in the spotlight the most compelling contemporary artworks created by artists in the Asia Pacific region over the last three years. Selected by a panel of five eminent judges from around the region, the finalists' works were chosen from 105 nominated artworks...

Published Date: September 16, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Laser Treat's bridal offer WELCOMING this year's wedding season, Laser Treat -- country's first ISO certified cosmetic surgery clinic -- has unveiled its attractive bridal package. Avail services to beautify yourself before the big day comes. There is a discount of 10 per cent for the brides. This offer will run till November. The treatments include laser hair reduction, laser whitening, lipolysis, skin toning, body shaping, weight management, etc. These treats are non-surgical and painless. Laser Treat boasts qualified specialists trained from America and Europe. Location: House # 32 (Level 3), Road # 11, Block G, Banani; House # 11, Road # 6, Sector 4, Jashimuddin Avenue, Uttara. Contact number: 01750010020; 01750010030.  Foring in...

POP UP

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Get the right amount of sleep

SLEEP impacts every aspect of your body, from immunity to cardiac health to optimal functioning of the brain. Research suggests that the "perfect" amount of sleep may be 7 hours a night, although some people need more than others. Experiment to figure out how much sleep makes your body feel its best, and then commit to that number of hours.

Published Date: September 14, 2014
Gastronomy of the palm fruit

Gastronomy of the palm fruit

The tree grew strong and tall, and gave sustenance to all who marvelled at its many uses. It was so versatile that the Tamils called it the celestial tree. To this day the Palmyra Palm, or better known as the taal gaach for us Bangladeshis, has been an essential part of everyday life...

Published Date: September 13, 2014
Styling in full bloom

Styling in full bloom

The Bengali belle adores it; the men love to see women in it and the world stands in awe at the feminine grace that exudes from the wearer of this six yard of unstitched fabric. A Bengali festival without a sari is essentially incomplete, irrespective of the occasion. And over the centuries the local...

Published Date: September 11, 2014
LOL!

LOL!

Laugh off all the weariness of the week tonight. Stop by at Naveed's Comedy Club on your way home. Tickle your funny bone with this regular dose of laughter at the Comedy Club. This week's performers will include Naveed Mahbub and Solaiman Shukhon. Tickets are priced at Tk.300 + +. The show will start at...

Published Date: September 10, 2014
You're young. So what?

You're young. So what?

If you are still young, and gluttony and sloth are the cardinal sins you indulge in -- thinking that it won't affect your health -- think again. Cases of high cholesterol, cardiac diseases and diabetes among the young people are becoming increasingly common. The general notion goes that people who are relatively young can...

Cover Story

Published Date: September 9, 2014
SEEKING HELP ABROAD

SEEKING HELP ABROAD

An increasing number of Bangladeshis are seeking medical treatment abroad. Unlike when medical tourism first reared its head a decade ago, it is no longer limited to the most affluent members of society. Today, many people use their savings to go to neighbouring countries in the hope of getting quality healthcare. There are, sadly, a large number of reasons why people try to visit hospitals abroad. “I am not willing to compromise for quality healthcare,” says Faruk, a retired university teacher. “I sold some of my assets so that I could go to India for my eye operation. I am not a big spender, but when it comes to my...

Special Feature

Published Date: September 9, 2014
SKIRTED UP

SKIRTED UP

Skirts are quite a no-nonsense garment. A piece of fabric with an elastic waistband, they don't involve much effort at all save waking up in the morning and slipping one on. In the warm and sticky summer, the loose and flowing nature of skirts can go a long way in helping keep your cool. Low on the radar for a couple of seasons, skits are back in action again. Perhaps the summers are warmer, the people trendier, or the culture more open-minded. Whatever the reason, if you love the comfort of skirts (who doesn't!) but have no idea how to sport one, we are here to help. Showtime The question of the...

  

SPECIAL FEATURE

Published Date: September 9, 2014
Pillow-sophy

Pillow-sophy

Who does not like throwing on a comfortable set of pyjamas and jumping onto the bed after a long day's work? And who doesn't like to indulge in the guilt of sloth, holding on to the blanket till late in the morning? Even if someone -- especially a happy and peaceful person -- sleeps...

TWO PEAS IN A POD

Published Date: September 9, 2014
An ode to tubers

An ode to tubers

This week we bring to you a selection of vegetables known collectively as tubers or the likes of potatoes, beetroots, carrots and so on. It brings visions of all sorts of wholesome delights to the mind but we sorted out a few based on their nutritional factors and hopefully, recipes you might impress...

  

REVIEW

Published Date: September 9, 2014
Inside Peninsula

Inside Peninsula

Chittagong, even two decades ago, was a quiet and simple place. There weren't too many shopping malls to go to. No international fast food franchises proudly making their stand. Formal apartments were rare. Traffic was light, and one could travel from one end of the city to another in about an hour. One fine...

  

LS EVENT

Published Date: September 9, 2014
Chittagong Passes Culinary test

Chittagong Passes Culinary test

The hunt for Bangladesh's first ever Super Chef is now reaching its culmination. Of the 24 available slots for the final round of the competition to be held in Dhaka, 16 have already been filled. The Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014 in recent weeks have held audition rounds in Sylhet, Khulna, Barisal and Rajshahi....

  

Spotlight

Published Date: September 9, 2014
An ailing healthcare system

An ailing healthcare system

Zaid is 43 years old, working at a reputed multinational company in the city and the proud father of a 25 day old son. Parenthood came like a blessing in the Rahman household, but it came at a high cost – financially as well as emotionally. “Zaffar, my son, was born premature and had...

LOVING AND LIVING WITH PLANTS

Published Date: September 9, 2014
Letters

Letters

Last week I was overwhelmed with the mails of my readers. Firstly, I felt the warmth of their love for plants; secondly, they shared their thoughts and ideas with me, and most importantly they are with me in this green journey! My Tuesday starts with your column in Lifestyle. I must thank you for...

PENNY WISE

Published Date: September 9, 2014
New travel quota and use of credit card

Much to our relief, the Bangladesh Bank has increased the travel quota for all Bangladeshi nationals travelling overseas. For SAARC countries it has been increased to 5000 dollars and for Non-SAARC countries the new allowance is 7000 dollars; the cash allowance per trip has gone up to 3000 dollars!   I am sure travellers will be happy with this news. It just goes to show that our foreign currency reserve is doing very well and today it stands at an...

Published Date: September 9, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Robi Axiata Presents ''BUET Career Carnival'' Date: Tuesday, 9 September Time: 8am Venue: BUET Auditorium Complex, Dhaka, Bangladesh BUET Career Club is going to organise the biggest Career Fair in the history of BUET! One of the interesting features of the event is that experienced trainers will conduct sessions that will surely add value in developing the...

Ls Suggests

Published Date: September 9, 2014
Gorgeous on the inside

It is not just something you wear in the bedroom. It has the ability to boost your confidence, while everyone else is unaware. A well dressed lady from head to toe has unbreakable confidence, ready to take on the world. However, a wrong piece of clothing, be it even a small unfitting piece of lingerie, can muddle your beauty and ruin an otherwise good mood. Lingerie make up an essential part of our wardrobes, yet all of us at some...

POP UP

Published Date: September 9, 2014
Stop depending on artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners seem to be heaven sent. They provide the sweetness we crave without any of the metabolic chaos that comes with a sugar habit. But while the fake stuff seems better for your calorie intake, you're actually making it harder to avoid real sugar. Artificial sweeteners contain a synthetic chemical called Sucralose, which is 600 times sweeter than natural sugar. Because Sucralose is so much sweeter than natural sugar, it overstimulates the taste buds, causing people to crave intensely...

Published Date: September 9, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Annual orchid show ORCHID Society of Bangladesh is an association of orchid enthusiasts of Bangladesh, where members share their interests and learning in growing orchids. The Society will arrange their Annual Orchid Show between Friday, 12 September and Sunday, 13 September from 9am to 6pm at Nasheman, Road 95, House CEN (C) 2, Gulshan...

POP UP

Published Date: September 9, 2014
Get the right amount of sleep

From serotonin production to blood sugar management, immunity, and heart health, sleep impacts every aspect of your body. Sleep is essential for our bodies to recharge and for our brain to repair important pathways associated with memory and learning new things. But, 'more isnt always better. New research suggests that the "perfect" amount of sleep may be 7 hours a night, although some people need more than others. Experiment to figure out how much sleep makes your body feel...

Published Date: September 7, 2014
Skirting the issue

Skirting the issue

Skirts are quite a no-nonsense garment. A piece of fabric with an elastic waistband, they don’t involve much effort at all save waking up in the morning and slipping one on. In a warm and sticky weather, the loose and flowing nature of skirts can go a long way in helping keep your cool. Low on the radar for a couple of seasons, skirts are back in action again. Perhaps the weather is warmer, the people trendier, or the culture more open-minded. Whatever the reason, if you love the comfort of skirts (who doesn’t!) but have no idea how to sport one, we are here to help. Read this week's Star...

Published Date: September 6, 2014
Run smart

Run smart

A little exercise does wonders for your body and mind. Nowadays, you can exercise, whenever you want, with your own monitor. RunKeeper can track your walking, running, biking and a few other exercises, recording your time, pace and calories burned. Set goals like weight-loss, a longer running track, etc. and let this app be the...

Published Date: September 4, 2014
Not your ordinary kitchen utensil

Not your ordinary kitchen utensil

Instead of going out, opt for a quiet dinner home this weekend. Download applications to get access to innumerable recipes, and become an amateur chef. There are apps that focus on particular cuisines (such as drinks, cocktails, Asian, vegetarian, etc.) and there are more holistic and comprehensive recipe 'books' too. BigOven, for example, boasts...

Published Date: September 3, 2014
Floating about

Floating about

Have you read this week's issue of Star Lifestyle? Along with write-ups on mushrooms and a review on Cats Eye this season, we have focused our attention on boats in this river-blessed country of ours. From the variety and number of boats to the peaceful and beautiful feeling you have riding them, boats indeed...

Cover Story

Published Date: September 2, 2014
THE RIVER CHRONICLES

THE RIVER CHRONICLES

Forlorn pictures of antiquity paint images of sun-beaten men rowing their boats through the blue-grey waters of the Shitalakhya -- their faded orange sails swishing with the breeze and the lonely air occasionally pierced with the folk songs of Hasson Raja emanating from the deep vocals of the majhi. Yes, no Bengali can escape the allure that these waterways hold for us. This monsoon it is time to splurge in the bliss of spending a day on the boat and experience the slow life aboard burnished wooden boats glistening in the soft light of the sun hidden by the monsoon sky. All aboard the Contic Where the mighty Ganges river tied the...

Special Feature

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Bayya jao re, okul doriyar majhe

Bayya jao re, okul doriyar majhe

The boatman unties the rope from the 'ghat'. He takes the oar and pushes onto the ground with it, pushing the boat away from the shore. We are set for sail. Villages in Bikrampur are connected by an intricate canal. Although roads have been built, monsoon makes the canal a favoured commute. Innumerable country...

SHOP REVIEW

Published Date: September 2, 2014
CATS EYE

CATS EYE

Cats Eye has always been one of the favoured options when one wants to go the extra mile in terms of Western or fusion fashion. Geared towards the youth but classy enough to be worn by anyone young at heart, Cats Eye strives to strike a balance between trendy and sophisticated. Starting out with solely menswear and still predominantly being a menswear brand, the men have a lot to choose from in Cats Eye. Men attest that the formal shirts in Cats Eye are their favourites, as there is a wide selection having reasonable prices, and men can choose between two types of fits depending on their preferences. Formal shirts...

Special Feature

Published Date: September 2, 2014
THE FABULOUS FUNGI

THE FABULOUS FUNGI

Everybody is familiar with mushrooms. They are a common sight. They sprout just about everywhere -- gardens, forests, rotting wood, live wood, soil, an unnoticed or forgotten corner of your rooftop -- and you can add to this list numerous more locations. Often, they are treated with a sort of neglect. Sometimes, they are given a momentary muse; curious-looking little 'creatures' that they are, showing up in various shapes and sizes and colours. 'Banger chhata' (frogs’ umbrella), we say, owing to the umbrella shape they have. Many of us wrongly associate mushrooms with plants. Mushrooms are actually fungi, and fungi have a kingdom of their own. Mushrooms neither belong to the...

FOOD-0-GRAM

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Mushroom medley

Mushroom medley

Stir fried oyster mushrooms I find the texture and taste of oyster mushrooms best when used in Chinese or Thai cuisine. This quick and easy recipe will be for you when you have very little time in hand. By quick boiling the mushroom beforehand, it can lock the water so the mushroom won't get...

  

TRAVELOGUE

Published Date: September 2, 2014
HUA HIN Quiet & Peace

HUA HIN Quiet & Peace

Hua Hin has been chosen as one of the world's best places to retire by "Live and Invest Overseas". Strong points for Hua Hin were the low cost of living in general and the affordability of beach-front living in particular, as well as its overall expat-friendliness. That just might give you a feel of...

LS EVENT

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Rajshahi passes the pressure cooker

Rajshahi passes the pressure cooker

142 participants made the journey to Moonlight Garden, which played host to the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef's Rajshahi round. Having already completed the previous rounds held in Sylhet, Khulna and Barisal, 12 of the final 24 slots had already been filled. This time, four more participants would be selected from Barisal. The competition...

SPECIAL FEATURE

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Treading water with a Tiger

Treading water with a Tiger

It’s a beautiful midday Saturday morning in Dhaka. The sun is on your face, but peeking out from behind the low-slung clouds its intensity is calming instead of unbearable. It is perfectly complemented by a cool southern breeze. And silence, of course; blessed silence. A siren that seems to emanate from the heavens...

  

TRIBUTE

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Iyengar's take on yoga asanas

Iyengar's take on yoga asanas

Last week, BKS Iyengar, a great yoga guru, died peacefully at the age of 95. Iyengar, a student of Krishnamacharya, was considered one of the pioneers in reviving modern yoga and bring it to the West.  Though he was a sickly child, frail and weak, through yoga therapy he was able to overcome...